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News - April 2, 2010

Around Town

DON'T SKIRT THE LAW! ... Palo Alto's elected officials are officially lining up against a California Assembly Bill that would exempt certain projects from provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). On March 16, Mayor Pat Burt sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declaring the city's opposition to Assembly Bill 1805, which would allow projects selected by the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency to avoid the stringent environmental-review process. As the letter makes clear, the city is particularly worried about the state's proposed high-speed rail (HSR) system, which under the current plans would stretch through the city along the Caltrain tracks. "This project, if built, would be the largest single capital infrastructure project in the city, and its impacts on Palo Alto would be significant," Burt wrote to the Governor. "We strongly believe the guarantees of full CEQA review of the HSR project were the basis for approval of Measure 1A," he added, referring to the $9.95 billion bond measure California voters approved in November 2008.

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